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Letter: Bible is like other banned books

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 1:56 pm | Updated: 4:32 pm, Wed Mar 7, 2012.

Just as books containing sex, violence, and pervasive language are banned in most public schools, The Bible should be no exception. Though it is lacking unacceptable language and graphic scenes of gore and sex, the simple idea of teaching the Bible in public schools goes beyond inappropriate. Regardless of stance on religion or religious background, public schools are no place to be preaching something so controversial.

The argument is simple: How should our children and students be expected to understand written works by Shakespeare and our founding fathers, among countless others without the teachings of the Bible? The answer is also, consequently, simple: Unfortunately for all those in favor, the Black Book remains too controversial to be openly accepted by the public as a standard topic in schools. Even as an optional elective, not only would it be proselytizing our youth, but it would also be oppressive to those of other religions.

There is no need to be taught this information to succeed in school or “comprehend” the meaning behind famous works, as I can attest. I have no religious background or beliefs and have been a straight-A student for the entirety of my high school years. So apparently, it can be done.

Overall, I feel that religion will always be a touchy subject, and to be requiring it as a high school class, even as an elective, would destroy the former idea of freedom of religion and freedom of choice for future generations of students.

Heather Grimes


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